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Arabinose vs. Arabinan — What's the Difference?

Arabinose vs. Arabinan — What's the Difference?

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Arabinose

Arabinose is an aldopentose – a monosaccharide containing five carbon atoms, and including an aldehyde (CHO) functional group. For biosynthetic reasons, most saccharides are almost always more abundant in nature as the "D"-form, or structurally analogous to D-glyceraldehyde.

Arabinan

(carbohydrate) A polysaccharide that is mostly a polymer of arabinose

Arabinose

A pentose sugar, C5H10O5, obtained from plant polysaccharides such as gums and hemicelluloses.

Arabinose

(carbohydrate) An aldopentose that occurs most often in polysaccharides such as hemicellulose and pectin.

Arabinose

A sugar of the composition C5H10O5, obtained from cherry gum by boiling it with dilute sulphuric acid.
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